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Duterte Moves into “Fascist Dictatorship” as Extrajudicial Killings, Repression Expand

Duterte Moves into “Fascist Dictatorship” as Extrajudicial Killings, Repression Expand

by Priyanka Rabindranath & Steve da Silva On Sunday, December 10, two dozen people gathered in front of Toronto’s Old City Hall to mark International Human Rights Day and bring attention to the expanding scope of extrajudicial killings being carried out in the Philippines by the Rodrigo Duterte administration. “Duterte has shown his true colours

North Korea’s Nukes: The only reason it hasn’t become the Iraq or Afghanistan of East Asia

Editorial, BASICS Community News Service Over the past year, the provocations of one rogue nation has pushed the world closer to nuclear war. On August 8, Trump shocked everyone when he threatened North Korea with the “fire and fury” of nuclear strikes which, if carried out, would be unprecedented in both carnage and criminality. Once

Trustees Vote Cops Out of TDSB High Schools

by Shafiqullah Aziz Students, parents, teachers, and community organizers are celebrating after trustees of the Toronto District School Board voted to end the School Resource Officer program, which stationed Toronto police in high schools. The November 22 vote to end the program comes after months of community consultations and organizing efforts from multiple groups expressing

Victory for Striking Ontario Food Terminal Workers

by Sahar Ashraf A two-week long strike has led to victory for the employees of Ippolito Produce Ltd at the Ontario Food Terminal, who unionized with Teamsters Local 419 to fight for fair wages, paid sick days, and greater job security. Workers picketed every morning leading up to negotiations, blocking the entrance to the Ontario

Neo-Nazis try to get a foothold in Scarborough

by Priya Rabindranath Neo-Nazis plastered the intersection of Victoria Park and Ellesmere with posters promoting white supremacy and condemning immigrants and refugees in late September. The campaign in Scarborough followed a summer of demonstrations by far-right groups across the continent. The black and white posters called on residents to ‘Join your local Nazis!’, linking to

What does the abandonment of Puerto Rico by the U.S. gov’t tell us about our future in a changing climate?

by Steve da Silva – Analysis / Op-Ed October 31, 2017 In a world where climate change is accelerating as fast as the gap between the rich and the poor, the U.S. government’s callous, half-hearted response to the disaster that its citizens are facing in Puerto Rico is sending a message to the world’s majority:

Chronic Disrepair in TCHC Building Endangers Health and Safety of Tenants

by Sahar Ashraf The crumbling infrastructure and damaged pipes in 3171 Eglinton Ave. E. are triggering severe health issues amongst residents and forcing them to abandon their homes. The building is owned by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), Canada’s largest social housing provider, and managed by DMS Property Management. TCHC and DMS both oversee housing

Durham Activists Demand Justice for Dafonte Miller

by Steve da Silva Activists and concerned residents in the Durham region rallied outside the Oshawa Courthouse in the early morning of September 27 to protest the brutal, racially motivated attack on Dafonte Miller by an off-duty Toronto police officer and his brother. Two dozen protestors gathered and chanted just before the latest hearing in

Victory in Parkdale!

by Sahar Ashraf The Parkdale community rent strike has ended in victory. Tenants withholding rent in protest of above-the-guideline rent increases (AGIs) have finally won a hard-fought battle against their property management company, MetCap, and landlord, AIMCo. Negotiations between the landlords and tenants began in June, with Parkdale Community Legal Services present to provide clarification

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